Here’s a unique adventure you won’t soon forget! Battlefield House Museum and Park is a fascinating National Historic Site just one hour from Toronto.
Nestled beneath the majestic Niagara Escarpment, Battlefield House is exactly as the name suggests — it’s located on a legendary battleground.
The 19th-century homestead is where the Battle of Stoney Creek took place, which was considered a “turning point in the War of 1812,” says the City of Hamilton.
But, that’s not all you’ll find at this National Historic Site. The area is home to 32 acres of parkland a jaw-dropping 100-foot-high monument.
The grand and awe-inspiring Battlefield Monument was unveiled on the centennial of the Battle of Stoney Creek.
In a remarkable gesture, Queen Mary herself, all the way in London, played a role in the monument’s inauguration through a transatlantic telegraph cable, according to the City of Hamilton.
This 100-foot-tall masterpiece serves as a powerful symbol of peace between Britain and the United States, says Hamilton Halton Brant.
The Battlefield Monument also pays solemn tribute to the brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Stoney Creek on June 6th, 1813.
The Gage family, who resided in what’s now known as ‘Battlefield House’ since 1796, played a crucial role in the hamlet of Stoney Creek.
Their house was a bustling hub for farmers, preachers, and Indigenous peoples who gathered to trade and connect.
History buffs will not want to miss the opportunity to witness a re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek.
As part of the re-enactment, there are period games, historical food, thrilling demonstrations, traditional music, and even fireworks.
For those interested in Indigenous culture, there’s a narrated ‘Great Peace Game’ of Haudenosaunee Lacrosse and captivating performances by Indigenous singers and dancers.
So, if you’re looking for an off-beat day trip activity, it’s time to step into the past at this fascinating historic site.
When: Daily from 12 PM to 4 PM (closed Mondays)
Where: 7 King Street West, Stoney Creek